Ikea insanity & kitchen shelves

We ventured out to the new (only) Ikea here in Colorado two weekends ago.  The parking was ridiculous.  The crowds were insane.  Quite honestly?  Once we were roaming the aisles, all the hype was baffling.  No need to squabble people, there are enough Ribba frames & slipcovered furniture for all you crazies. 

While I woudn't exactly outfit our entire house in the Ikea aesthetic (some of their stuff seems a bit college dorm-ish--even for a cheapo like myself), we were completely blown away by the abundance of storage solutions.  Hell, those Swedes seriously know how to make the best of small spaces.

We left with three stainless steel shelves (the EKBY MOSSBY in this size) & three sets of their corresponding brackets (the EKBY BJÄRNUM).  They're perfect for above our stove, where we just ripped out half a wall. 

Mr. FC was able to drill all the brackets directly into wall studs. These suckers aren't going anywhere & can hold a max of 22 lbs each. Very sturdy. The shelves themselves are wrapped in stainless steel-looking heavy duty "foil" whereas the brackets really are stainless steel (fyi, the screws are not included with the shelves).


(If you're heading to the grocery store, I'm low on flour & sugar.......)
One day I'll have my dream kitchen, but this is just fine for now.
Our kitchen is freakishly small but, believe it or not, very functional.
This new open shelving makes it even more efficient, so I couldn't be happier.

This is how it looked before..................
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My counters are really always this bare. Counter space is precious in here.
 
 

This surface is flagstone.
Not my first choice, but this is what happens when Freckles Chick compromises with her husband.
He's a geologist. He's partial to rustic surfaces.
Freak.

And a little trip down memory lane............................................
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All in all, we're loving this update to the ol' kitchen.
See more of how it's evolved here (including details on the backsplash, floor tiles, etc).



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38 comments:

  1. It is absolutely fabulous what you've done in the kitchen! We are possibly remodeling ours soon and hope you don't mind if I'm inspired by yours! I am so lucky that our IKEA is about an hour away...too dangerous that place; the food, the kids easels, the giant canvas map of the world...sigh.

    xoxo michele

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  2. Holy cow, your kitchen used to look like that?! What a difference - I love it now. And the new shelves are a perfect fit.

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  3. Of course the shelves look great. Everything you touch makes me swoon. Great use of space above the stove and the room just looks so much bigger now!

    You are awesome. That is all.

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  4. What a change!!!!!! The result is amazing... congratulations!

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  5. Those shelves are amazing, and the whole kitchen looks wonderful! Actually it reminds me of my own kitchen, they have almost the same layout. I'm doing a reno on it too, hope I make it as beautiful as yours!

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  6. What a transformation! The two of you have really done a wonderful job. Do you find yourselves cooking more? I think I would!

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  7. This is the lovliest little kitchen ever!! I would take your pretty kitchen over my larger but disfunctional kitchen any day of the week!! LOVE!

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  8. Wow! You updated the heck out of that kitchen and it looks awesome! You should be so proud!

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  9. Love the way your kitchen turned out! It's nice to see how others utilize the space in small kitchens...Ours is so small, but we manage to make it super functional.

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  10. I absolutely love your kitchen. I'm a bit partial to the tiny cook space myself and you've made yours quite fabulous!

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  11. I ventured out to Ikea also, even through the craziness. Who are all these people who don't have anywhere else to be on a Thursday morning?

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  12. beautiful transformation! your kitchen shelves look great!

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  13. Beautiful. You make me wanna tear down every last cabinet in my kitchen. Just beautiful.

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  14. I LOVE what you did with the kitchen! It looks fantastic--very functional and gorgeous. :)

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  15. AMAZING! You guys seriously made every single inch of your kitchen so functional.

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  16. I love the kitchen, but I'm curious... do you ever have problems without the range hood over your stove? We are currently hoodless, but I had assumed it was an inevitable purchase once we saved up a bit. Now, I'm wondering if I should just break out my own ekby shelves from storage!

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  17. Thanks SO much everyone!! We're loving the new shelves!!

    @ Nette: We didn't have a range hood before either & I find that it's not a problem for us b/c there's a window just a few inches away for ventilation. Also, now that the half wall has opened up, that helps too.

    These shelves are shallow enough that steam hasn't warped them (we used to have a laminate shelf above the stove & in the 3 yrs we had it, it never warped either).

    I think the key is to install it high enough above your stove so that it's not a fire/steam hazard.

    Hope that helps!

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  18. I love your kitchen! My kitchen is super small too and you have some great ideas for organization. Where did you get your basket for spices?

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  19. @ Sarah: Thanks so much! I got the spice basket from World Market a few years ago; not sure if they still carry it but they have a bunch of basket options. Hope that helps!

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  20. Those look awesome! We're headed to MN for our first IKEA Trip and I'm excited to buy some shelves for our kitchen! It's definitely not as far along and gorgeous as yours!

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  21. It looks great. I like the shelving choice you guys made! I also adore all that openness now! : )

    Miss you!

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  22. You have impeccable taste. The kitchen and its new improvements look good enough to eat. I am loving the nod to Mr. FC's interests too, with the countertop choice.

    jbhat

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  23. It looks amazing! What a transformation. The shelves are perfect and I love how you have accessorized them. Love seeing before and afters. :)

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  24. I know it's small, but I really love this kitchen. From the tiles to the way you've organized it. And those shelves fit in perfectly!

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  25. I was wondering could you cut the shelves to a smaller size? I love the look but need a shorter shelf!

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  26. You totally could! An Ikea sales associate actually told us that people have cut the shelves to a custom length before. The shelves are pretty much just plywood that's wrapped in a heavy duty stainless steel-like foil, so a circular saw should do the job. Also, she said the brackets that fit on each end are like little "sleeves" so they would hide the unfinished edge beautifully.

    Good luck!

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  27. It's perfect...you really made the most out of this space!

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  28. omg omg - you're on apartment therapy re-nest today!!! http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/kitchen/before-38-after-the-difference-a-half-wall-and-some-other-stuff-makesfreckles-chick-154660

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  29. Open shelves in the kitchen = very bad idea. Open shelves above the stove in the kitchen = phenomenally bad idea. You will soon figure this out for yourself (at the first spring cleaning, if not sooner), so consider this just a heads-up.

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  30. @ Martha: Thanks for the heads-up! I dust our house every week, which you obviously don't have the same habit so I think I'll be just fine. Thanks for your concern! =]

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  31. Wow that looks amazing! I have one question, you dont have a hood vent for the stove is that right? Are they not required? I need to reno my kitchen and would love not to put one in. Thanks

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    1. Hi there!

      Thanks so much! No, we don't have a vent hood as these shelves are sort of a temporary fix for us until we can do a full-scale kitchen reno. In the past places we've lived, we've had those microwave vents above the stove but found that they did little during cooking! So we didn't see a need for one in this kitchen....it DOES help that there's a window right next to the stove so I always crack that open.

      I think there might be building codes & such (depending on what state you live in perhaps?) regarding vents above stoves, so that might be worth checking out! Again, ours isn't a long-term solution so we probably won't have to worry about passing an inspection. So far we love it! There's a bit more info in this post:

      http://freckleschick.blogspot.com/search/label/kitchen

      Hope this helps! Thx for stopping by!

      xoxo

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  32. I like the kitchen shelves you installed on the wall. The shelves, brackets, and even the screws you used were all stainless steel. You made sure that everything will match altogether, huh? The stainless steel shelves were a great choice because they can hold the weight of the spices and condiments you have there.

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  33. Hi, after seeing your post I went to IKEA to buy those Mossby shelves but discovered they aren't metallic on underside, just grey paper. I am short and hanging an upper one high, so I won't even see the stainless :( Given you've had them in for some time, does it bother you? I'd consider spray painting the bottom as a solution. Thanks!

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  34. Hi, after seeing your beautiful post I went to IKEA to buy those Mossby shelves but discovered they aren't stainless on underside, only grey paper. I'm hanging upper one high, so I won't even see the stainless :( Since you've had yours for some time does the underside bother you? I might consider spray painting the bottoms as a solution... Thanks

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  35. Hi Debbie,

    I was a bit concerned about that too when we first got the shelves but once they were installed, the papered underside actually doesn't bother us. Our top shelf is hung pretty high & the underside's finish is barely noticeable to us. The paper actually even has a bit of a reflective quality to it so you can sort of see the reflection of the stainless steel brackets. *see first photo of this post*

    Hope this helps!

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  36. Your kitchen is really cosy and lovely, as you said very function and I add with a small touch of love! Well done!!

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